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July 2013

 

Solutions on "Effective Investments in Education"

July 31, 2013

Effective Investments in Education

Check out our solutions on "Effective Investments in Education" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Use technological innovations to individualize public education cost-effectively.
- Bring together efforts from governments, schools, the private sector and civil society to initiate education initiatives .
- Governments should invest in fair, objective and comprehensive metrics for evaluating teacher performance.

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Contingent convertibles bonds (CoCo)

 

July 27, 2013

Contingent convertibles bonds Lloyds are doing it, Rabobank and Credit Suisse too: in the past few months, they have all issued contingent convertibles or CoCos for short. Also known as mandatory convertible bonds, CoCos are becoming a preferred instrument with which the central banks seek to improve the equity situation in the banking sector.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Open Solution: The New Economy Of Nature

July 26, 2013

Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, answers questions deriving from the Böll Stifung's participation in the Open Solution, an open access document for new ideas on "The New Economy of Nature".


 

GES Blog: Education Inequality:
Why Those Who Are Born Poor Die Poor

July 26, 2013

In my dictionary, poverty and inequality go side by side. Poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. Educational inequality makes poverty a lifetime condition–especially in my part of the world, South Asia and the Middle East. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GES Blog: Can Equality Exist for Indigenous Peoples
in the Face of Economic Interests?

July 25, 2013

Latin America is a region marked by cultural diversity, which is often revealed in unexpected ways. Visit any of Colombia’s cities, for example, and you won’t notice very many indigenous people – just the occasional group looking for handouts on a street corner perhaps. Make your way through Cuzco, Quito, or La Paz, however, and you can’t help but notice their robust presence. The flavors and colors of these places let you know immediately that you are in the land of Quechuas, Aymaras, and countless other indigenous populations that have inhabited these lands, leaving an invaluable historical and cultural legacy. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on "Improving Financial Education and Literacy"

July 24, 2013

Improving Financial Education and Literacy

Check out our solutions on "Improving Financial Education and Literacy " generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Make visualizations central to the acquisition of financial literacy.
- Link mandatory financial education, counseling and disclosure to the point of sale
- Promote financial and entrepreneurship education combined with business idea competitions and start-up funding for young people.

 


 

GES Blog: A More Perfect Union: The EU between Fireworks and Financial Crises

July 23, 2013

Carte ancienne Europe On the first of July, the European Union welcomed its newest member. After a decade of negotiations, Croatia can finally wave the EU flag. Fireworks lit the sky in Zagreb. It was a long-awaited dream for a country that has seen war and poverty. And yet the European dream is not a particularly pleasant one right now, and once the glow of the last firework finally dies down, it is perhaps time for Croatia to sober up and take a long, hard look at the challenges ahead. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GEs Blog: Social Media Broadens Public Debate

July 22, 2013

Social Media Broadens Public DebateSocial media has become an important instrument for activists to spread information. But since the revolution of 2011 in Egypt, the use of social media has evolved. It has become part of the standard repertoire of political upheaval, broadening public debate. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

July 18, 2013

Liberia’s Health Sector Pool FundLiberia's Health Sector Pool Fund was established in 2009 by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to support the implementation of the National Health Plan. It started with four contributing donors, including UNICEF, UNHCR, DFID (UK Department for International Development) and Irish Aid.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Speaker 2013:
We welcome Matthieu Ricard

July 18, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Matthieu RicardBuddhist Monk and bestseller author Matthieu Ricard will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013. He will speak in the session on “Beyond Individualism toward Social Responsibility” and in the working dinner “Can Religion Help Solve Global Problems?”.

 

 

 


 

Solutions on "Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services"

July 18, 2013

Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services

Check out our solutions on "Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Establish international standards, quantifiable goals and an independent review mechanism to measure progress on open government.
- Extend open government initiatives to the legislative branch.

 


 

Despite protests:
Greece must continue efforts to improve competitiveness

July 17, 2013

A general 24-hour strike was held in Greece in protest against government plans to sack thousands of public sector workers in order to meet bailout conditions. For GES-experts, radical fiscal consolidation in Greece is inevitable. The country needs to cut public spendings and continue its efforts to improve competitiveness.

Read what our GES experts think of fiscal consolidation

 


 

Economic Performance Index:
An Industry-Centric Measurement Approach

July 17, 2013

Economic Performance Index: An Industry-Centric Measurement ApproachAt the Brussels launch of the Economic Performance Index, a joint effort between the Global Economic Symposium (GES) and Towers Watson, hosted by The Centre, Professor Dennis Snower, Director of the Global Economic Symposium, praised the EPI as a tool to understand countries’ comparative advantage on the micro-level, in a context where different production stages of a single good take place in different countries and where new technologies make competition ever starker.

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Solutions on "Tackling Youth Unemployment"

July 12, 2013

Tackling Youth Unemployment

Check out our solutions on "Tackling Youth Unemployment" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Governments should guarantee the young either a job or access to training.
- Use extensive surveys of firms to determine skills needs...
- Promote vocational training and foster uptake.
- Create Internet platforms that support remote work and "trade in tasks."


 


 

S&P downgrades Italy’s credit rating

July 11, 2013

Italy’s downgrade: Improve international competitiveness Standard & Poor’s has again lowered Italy’s credit rating. The country needs more efforts to ensure its international competitiveness, GES-experts say. Cuts in government spending and tax increases are necessary for fiscal consolidation. The resulting negative demand effect can be offset by labor market reforms and a strengthening of government efficiency.

Read what our GES experts say to this topic

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

July 10, 2013

In preparing young people for employment in the fast moving world that revolves around efficiency and customer care, SOS Children’s Villages recognized that conventional training programs required something more. Needed was something that resonates with the current requirements of employers and something that unleashes the hidden talent in every young mind.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Economic Performance Index: An Alternative To Country-based Metrics

July 03, 2013

“Economic Performance Index: An Alternative To Country-based Metrics”At the Brussels launch of the Economic Performance Index, a joint effort between the Global Economic Symposium (GES) and Towers Watson, hosted by The Centre, Professor Dennis Snower, Director of the Global Economic Symposium, praised the EPI as a tool to understand countries’ comparative advantage on the micro-level, in a context where different production stages of a single good take place in different countries and where new technologies make competition ever starker. Indeed the consensus amongst the panellists was that teams are what drive companies’ competitiveness, making micro-level knowledge crucial within the global framework.

 


 

Solutions on "Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens"

July 03, 2013

Solutions on Expanding job opportunities for senior citizens

Check out our solutions on "Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Promote lifelong learning and age-appropriate career management...
- Governments and business should promote the redesign workplaces and work schedules individually to fit senior workers' skills and abilities.
- Fight stigma and discrimination and correct popular misconceptions...
- Establish a national or international clearinghouse for best practices in retaining older workers.

 


 

GES Blog: What Turkey and Brazil have in common

July 1, 2013

 GES Blog - What Turkey and Brazil have in common Booming economies and rising influence: In the last years, Turkey and Brazil were often seen as role models. Now the wind has turned and economic prosperity has turned into public unrest. The streets have filled with hundreds of thousands of angry demonstrators. What has happened? Read our blog-post and get involved!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

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